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Weather: I mean its Chicago. It gets cold, it also gets hot but you wont be here when its really hot. The winter sucks, because you have to trudge through the snow to get to class and its cold and people are grumpy, but you survive there are worse things in life.

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Weather: Chicago is indeed the Windy City. Also this year was a particularly bad winter with the Polar Vortex, but you will survive somehow.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Classes are a bit far so it may be hard to walk in the rain

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2 College Freshman

Weather: It's cold here in the winter. Like, blisteringly cold. But the fall and the spring (though short-lived) kinda make up for it.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: I love the weather, but I also grew up with this weather. It can be unpredictable, which is a hassle.

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It’s no secret—Chicago has some brutal and, at times, bipolar weather. Basically, winter comes early and stays late. Snow covers the campus from December to March, with the sun making a handful of appearances in between. However, the fall is many students' favorite season. Temperatures hover between 50 and 60 F for much of the quarter, and the colorful leaves make a gorgeous backdrop for walks to class. Spring has a tendency to start out colder and rainier than one might hope, but by late May, the weather should settle down into a slew of nice days. During the spring, it is common to find students studying at the beach and playing Frisbee outside.

As for the winter, preparation determines comfort. Every temperature can be withstood with the right clothes. Make sure to bring your heavy down coat, hats, gloves, earmuffs, thermal socks, and snow boots. Learn the skill of layering, and you will face winter like a champ. Winter is all about staying warm, and less about making a fashion statement. With the right apparel and a positive mind-set, the winter is not as bad as many make it seem.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 57 °F
Spring - Low: 38 °F
Summer - High: 81 °F
Summer - Low: 61 °F
Fall - High: 62 °F
Fall - Low: 43 °F
Winter - High: 35 °F
Winter - Low: 18 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.32 in./month
Summer: 4.02 in./month
Fall: 3.26 in./month
Winter: 2.00 in./month
What to Pack
  • Hand warmers
  • Hats, gloves, scarves
  • Heavy snow jacket (either down or synthetic materials-fleece won't hold up)
  • Heavy wool jackets for those in-between months (think: pea coat)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Thick, wool socks
Did You Know?
During winter quarter of 2011, a blizzard hit Chicago, dropping around 20 inches of snow in some areas. During the blizzard, Northwestern canceled classes for the first time in more than 30 years. During this snow day, students gathered on the library lawn and had a massive snowball fight.


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